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Friday, August 4, 2017 - 12:59pm

Workshops Offer an Artistic Approach to Problem Solving

Madison, WI – Take a step back and gain a new perspective with Madison Public Library’s new Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Bastian. Throughout August and September, Bastian is recreating the comfort and security of domestic space within the library that will serve as a backdrop for problem solving workshops.

Everyone is invited to participate, library patrons and the general public. Big or small, silly or serious – attendees can bring their problems and brainstorm solutions. Tea will be available at all times of day, and the domestic installation will weave itself throughout various areas of the library. A willingness to share is all that is needed!

Bastian will also be hosting drop-in open studio art sessions on Wednesday evenings. Vibes of comfort and coziness will help participants recenter, relax, and refocus energies towards a more creative self as they make something beautiful in the transformed Bubbler room. These open studios sessions are open to people of all ages and all levels.

Jennifer Bastian received her BFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She lives in Madison, WI and works for UW-Madison’s Digital Collections Center as a Digital Conversion Specialist. Bastian is obsessed with communal experiences, the generosity of strangers, and problem solving.

For more information, visit madisonbubbler.org/artist-in-residence.

Problem Solving Workshops
Weekly on Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00pm (registration required)

Open Studio, Drawing, & Tea
Weekly on Wednesdays, 5:30-8:00pm

Conflict Resolution & Problem Solving Workshops
Saturdays, Sept 9 & 23, 10:00am-12:00pm

The Bubbler is partially funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Funding for the Artist in Residence is provided by the Friends of the Madison Public Library.

About Madison Public Library
Madison Public Library’s tradition of promoting education, literacy and community involvement has enriched the City of Madison for more than 140 years.  Nine locations throughout the City of Madison are open six days per week and welcome over 2.2 million visits each year. For more information, visit madisonpubliclibrary.org, Madison Public Library on Facebook, or @madisonlibrary on Twitter.

About The Bubbler at Madison Public Library
The Bubbler’s hands-on workshops, performances, and events introduce participants to a variety of local experts who share their talent and passion for art, design, and maker culture.  For more information, visit madisonbubbler.org, Madison Bubbler on Facebook, or @madisonbubbler on Twitter.